Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it?
I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. - Isaiah 43:19
I wanted to share one of my favorite scriptures with you all on the first day of this new year! So many of us need a new thing right now.
God tells us in His word that not only will He do just this, but that it will spring forth, even in the wilderness and even in the desert!
This is one of the many scriptures I have held close to my heart over this last year.
We had a wilderness and desert type year in 2012.
It was a refining year.
It was a year of shedding and pruning and cutting back the branches in every area of our life.
It was an extremely painful year for our entire family.
The last three years have been like this for us, but 2012 just about did me in as a person.
We all have a few months or years like that.
We also held The Pearl Event II and walked through a tremendous amount of warfare for
For those of you who have asked, we truly want to hold The Pearl Event III in 2013 with incredible guest speakers/bloggers, etc. again. We are praying for God to have His way and that we would just be willing and obedient to whatever that looks like.
I feel a huge call personally, secondary from the gift of motherhood, that this ministry was the reason God created me. I don't want to just tuck that under my pillow at night and forget about it forever. Even though there have been many, many nights that I have tried to do just that. Wondering if I had even heard Him correctly and if this was all worth it. If He had the right person, etc.
There have been many "midnight hour" times with the Lord over this last year.
As many of you know, when God calls you to do something for Him, that has never been done before, it keeps you awake at night.
We are praying that God would bring many open doors, the right hearts to partner with us as well as the tools, creative team and servants hearts we need to take it to the next level.
Big dreams going on behind a small computer screen.
I want to share that we are so grateful to each one of you who prayed and drove and flew and made arrangements to attend the last two Pearl Events. I cannot tell you what it has meant to me personally.
I am forever grateful to each and every one of you.
We are also so grateful for this last year, in spite of everything.
Sometimes the most change and the most growth and the most fruit actually come from a previous wilderness and desert type year.
We are excited and fully expectant about the fruit that we pray this year will bring forth from the many, many years we have sown into the kingdom and into the hearts of His people.
We are hopeful that the years of pruning and cutting back and making the paths straight will bring much fruit in our lives this year in 2013.
God is so good. We love Him and we trust Him and we have praised Him through the years of heartache and pain. Just like we praised Him through the good years before that.
We celebrated today with a confetti party, just like we have done with the children for years now. We celebrated all the difficulties and heartache we have survived as a family and we rejoiced in the many blessings that are to come in the new year.
I pray that 2013 will be a year filled with the "springing forth" type of blessings for each and every one of you.
Happy New Year sweet friends!